1 & 2 Corinthians: Day 8

Glorifying God in Body and Spirit

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Today's Text: 1 Corinthians 6:1-20, Matthew 18:15-20, Titus 3:4-7

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:1-20, Matthew 18:15-20, Titus 3:4-7

Last August, I started snapping photos of waiting rooms in doctors’ offices. In an attempt to manage my pre-medical exam nerves, I snapped the first picture in an empty, grey walk-in clinic during my lunch break. I assured myself that when I walked out of the room and closed the door, I’d look back at the picture on my phone and laugh at how silly my fear was.

Almost a year later, I’ve amassed quite a collection of waiting room images. I still have the strange spasm in my shoulder that causes pain and is now considered chronic, at least by those doctors. It keeps me up at night, and hurts most while doing the work I love and feel called to—namely, writing. This year has brought more questions than answers, leaving me insecure about my pain. In the end, I feel like my body is more a vessel of shame and weakness than a temple of praise.

In some ways, our bodies ache with sin and pain. Our muscles, memory, and metabolism may fail us. Our bodies betray us with limits, and we betray our bodies when we disregard those limits. All this brokenness is an ever-present reminder of Christ’s body broken for us, our sin, and our shame.

The apostle Paul tells us we’ve been washed, sanctified, and justified “in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (v.11). Therefore, because of Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection for us, our bodies are no longer our own; they were bought with a price. “So glorify God with your body” (vv.19–20).

Paul tell us to flee from sexual immorality, to not be mastered by anything, to avoid legal disputes with one another—all in an effort to glorify God. Without the context of Jesus, this can begin to sound like a legalistic to-do list. But as theologian Henri Nouwen says, “The church is not an institution forcing us to follow rules but a community inviting us to still our hunger and thirst at its table.”

In 1 Corinthians 6, we find ways to still our hunger and thirst (1 Corinthians 4:11), but when we try to do so without filling them up with heavenly things instead, our bodies still feel like empty vessels of shame. Jesus is the only one who can truly fill us up and sustain us. When we turn to Him, we’re reminded that it was His body that was broken, His blood that was shed, for us.

To glorify God with our bodies means to place physical trust in His plan to bring redemption to our brokenness. It means taking part in the groans of humanity and the painfulness of sin. It means remembering His promises to bring wholeness and healing now, even if we don’t know when it’s coming.

Acknowledging our aches and limitations is at the heart of what it is to be a child of God. He is all that we will ever need to withstand our heartache, pain, and sin. In our weakness, His power is perfected, and He is glorified (2 Corinthians 12:9).

We are not our own. We are His glory vessels. Thanks be to Him.

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  • Moon Child

    God made my heart to love Him. Lord please grant me with wisdom and love to continue this journey in company with my SRT sisters. Guide me through your humble path, be patient with me. Thank You.

  • Chelsea Adkins

    I feel like the teaching on sexual immorality is always missed/avoided for women which is a shame. I think it’s such an important topic but for some reason is most often applied to men and not so much women…. It would be wonderful for SRT to engage with this important topic when teaching on scripture that speaks directly on the topic.
    That being said, I am still grateful for this study and I am so grateful for the way SRT has transformed my personal bible reading habits! :)

    • She Reads Truth

      We appreciate this feedback Chelsea, thanks for sharing. We’re so glad that you’re reading along with us! -Margot, The SRT Team

      • M

        Agreed. Such an important topic. How to encourage, discipline, call out lovingly when there is sin? My husband and I were walking with a young woman who has chosen her flesh, rejected the supportive Biblical accountability and encouragement to wise boundarieswe were providing, her whole church communityand is now living with her boyfriend. Still claiming Christ, but not trusting Him enough to wait. So so sad.

  • LeighAnn McLean

    Such a great reminder for a single woman. There is no need to feel alone because Jesus is the only one who can truly sustain us.

    • Cynthia

      So true but hard to grasp. But definitely He is our sustainer, our source…..oh how I needed to be reminded!!

  • Allie Cole

    Trusting God with my mothers healing is difficult to do. I long for the day when she can finally get hip replacement surgery and be fully recovered. I think then she can finally be happy and whole again. However, in this longing, God meets me. He is the one who brings happiness and wholeness. Perfect health cannot do this. I can praise God when when her body is failing her for this reason! And I can trust Jesus’ promise of healing. May be be glorified in this season of pain and longing!

  • Cori S.

    “Your life is not your own.” Coincidentally, this line was also in an episode of BBC’s Sherlock I watched last night. Hm.

  • Peggy Lester

    I need the reminder that I have been bought with a price, a terrible price freely paid, and that it is my sacred responsibility to glorify my Father with my body and not allow myself to be mastered by anything. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

  • Jessica Harvey

    What a timely word. I have been struggling with my weight and food and am finally fed up. I told God today I am surrendering my body because it is a temple of the Holy Spirit and I need to honor God with it. I also read an article about female Christian rapper Jackie Hill Perry. She said that God gave us hers bodies and it’s not right for us to say we can do whatever we want with this body. She said its predictions to believe that because it’s an attack on the wisdom of God. I want to honor God with my body and be grateful for this vessel Go gave me.

  • Becky Klaff

    Wow. I’ve been suffering similar ailments over the last year and I have had to work hard and constant at reminding myself of my blessings, but I really like the way you say it’s a reminder Christ’s sacrifice. It really helps to put things in perspective.

  • I sat down after a rough morning to have some time with God and knowing nothing is a coincidence, this message popped up. I have suffered with a physical pain I don’t have a name for, for about 10 years now. It’s become so debilitating for everyday life, and last night I just felt the pain and overwhelming feeling of never overcoming it so heavy. I cried in pain then cried out to God to take it away. Then this morning I continued to ache and grumble in pain because it just felt like too much to bear. But my LORD, what a timely word for what I’m going through! As much discomfort as I’m feeling I was reminded of Jesus’ suffering and what he endured. I know my pain isn’t in vain and I know God sees me and he already promised me healing. “To glorify God with our bodies means to place physical trust in His plan to bring redemption to our brokenness.” Couldn’t have said it better. Thank you for your words.

  • My husband has suffered from Tourette’s for several years that causes muscle spasms all over his body, including his eyelids. He has to get very painful Botox injections in his eyelids and face every three months, and we’re still searching for a medication that will help ease the spasms throughout his torso and extremities. This was really encouraging to me, and I’m excited to share it with him. “All this brokenness is an ever-present reminder of Christ’s body broken for us, our sin, and our shame.” It was also encouraging because we are undergoing a *very* long battle with the Army in an effort to get them to recognize his disability for what it is and the fact that it prevents him from doing his job as an Army officer. It is very discouraging to be told repeatedly that something that impacts your life so significantly isn’t real or serious. But “to glorify God with our bodies means to place physical trust in His plan to bring redemption to our brokenness.” Thank you, Kaitlin!

  • Jennifer Martin

    What a perfectly timed reminder. God is good!

  • This is exactly what I needed to read today! I am so sorry for your pain. Thank you so much for sharing so vulnerably. This was a GREAT devotional!

  • Stefanie

    I’m so glad that I came and read this today, instead of just reading from the study book, because I would have missed this important component that ties into the passage: “placing trust in God to bring redemption to our brokenness, remembering His promises to bring wholeness and healing…” This paragraph is beautifully written, and a good reminder of a greater truth that helps us move beyond shame and brokenness. A passage like this is one that we learned growing up, that made us feel guilty and shamed for doing anything unhealthy with our bodies. And while it’s important that we do treat our bodies like a temple, and use them to glorify God – when I read the passage that way, I was ignoring God’s forgiveness and ability to make us new when we realize that our temples are “less than perfect,” in any way. I have been recovering spiritually from some poor decision-making in a season of weakness, and it’s taken me a while to get past the shame. I appreciate this author’s take on the passage.

    • Kim

      Beautifully said Stephanie. I’m right there with you and found your comments very encouraging. Just a reminder that God is always in control – He’s a God of second, third, and one hundredth chances for those who dedicate their lives to Him.

  • Thank you for sharing your story -I’ve been struggling with back and neck spasms for over 2 years now, they started after my dad passed and I have been to so many doctors and spend so much on chiropractic care and massage but not getting better. I’ve even had novacaine shots hoping to break the cycle with my body and didn’t help. It is so frustrating for it to be so out of my control. I’ve been through some really good counseling and feel like I’ve healed emotionally,spiritually but not physically. I would appreciate any prayers as I in turn am praying for Kaitlyn today.

    • She Reads Truth

      Thanks for sharing Hannah, our team will definitely be praying for you. We’re so glad that you’re reading along with us! -Margot, The SRT Team

    • julie

      Praying for you Hannah. May you find the comfort, peace and healing from your pain that you so deserve. I pray that you would feel God’s everlasting loving arms around you. I’m so glad we this community to turn to during these times. You are loved <3

  • Praising God with our bodies doesn’t just mean through our physical actions. It also means praising him when our bodies fail is. What a great reminder!

  • Brandy Criswell

    This past month a melanoma was found on my back and this past week I had a rushed visit back to the dermatologist for an excision. More doctors visits await my future, and i feel the worry creep in. I do feel like this earthly body is just not working right now.

    The word Cancer feels heavy. Just typing it feels overwhelming. But I have had so many extra moments with God these past few weeks. And this mornings reminder was so timely.

    I began with She Reads Truth back during the Daniel study. And I have long held onto the words, “And if not, he is still good.” Even when things fail and we don’t feel like we measure up, “He is still good.”

  • Brianna Foshie

    So I wasn’t really connecting with this particular post until I sat back and realized that I need Christ to mend my broken heart after receiving some really saddening news. A time when I want to just crawl under a rock and be by myself is a time I need God the most.

    • Meredith

      Brianna, I will be praying for you as you process this difficult news. One of my favorite scriptures is Romans 8:26: “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” May the Holy Spirit give you comfort, peace, and courage. Blessings, Meredith

  • Dear Sisters Please pray for me. This devotion is helpful to me today. I will be starting a chemical patch testing today and the patch will be on my back for the week. Readings will be taken on Wednesday and Friday. I hope it can all come off by then. It’s actually 8 individual patches that will be placed on my back. I am fearful and anxious about this but it is important to do as it will let me know what products I can use or not use. I spoke of my circumstances awhile back. I had an allergic reaction to hair toner and I haven’t really known what products I can use since. I just have been doing without and it has been a bit taxing on me. My life sort of feeling on hold.

    I am not even sure what to pray here for myself. I guess for starters that I be as comfortable as possible during this process and that I will be able to get around and get good sleep at night. My daughter is the one here to help me make sure the patches stay on and she might need to redraw the lines and re-tape as necessary. She is 21 this week but it seems overwhelming to her as well. I pray that I get the answers and solutions I need so that I can start to put my life back together. I pray that any help I need this week will be provided. I pray that The Lord just be with me as I go through this, guiding me, protecting me, and keeping me in His loving arms. I won’t be able to shower so I will hope to be able to stay clean. Bird baths I guess. Oh this is overwhelming to me. I’m scared but I place my trust in the Lord. Please forgive me for any doubts and unbelief. I come to you Lord with open arms. I praise you for all you have done for me. You care for me in ways that I might not always see ~ He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Psalm 91:4 NLT Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

    • Lynne

      Julie: I will be praying for you this week, my sister. May God give you the strength, comfort, peace, and healing that you need!

    • Krystle

      Julie, I’m agreeing in prayer with everything you said here! Everything is already alright! Hold on to Jesus through all this. I know He will keep you & your daughter! ❤️

    • She Reads Truth

      We’ll be praying for comfort, peace, and encouragement for you during this time Julie. Thank you for sharing! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Anne Furrow

    “We are not our own. We are his glory vessels”. This devotional was just what I needed this morning. In the midst of facing major surgery on Friday, I find myself in agonizing pain from a compression fracture in my spine. Jesus has done so much for me these past few months however I find myself questioning why this pain. These words today have helped me to realign my purpose here….to be a glory vessel no matter what.
    “In our weakness, His power is perfected and He is glorified!”

  • Rebekah DeLibro

    I think our Lord wants us to be our best on this earth. So we have the energy and health to accomplish so much more than we can see right in front of us. These verses speak to me about how amazing our bodies are and that God made them that way to work for us if we just take care of them. Over the last two years I have been led to choose a better way with my health and I know it was a command from my Lord and savior to do so. My time with Him is so much more clearer and I’ve developed a closer relationship with Him and so many more around me because of it. I am glorifying Him and people can see this and I can feel it in my heart on a deeper level.

  • Kat Wilton

    Such an incredibly timely reminder! I’ve been dealing the past several months with my hands and arms being numb and tingling, and having difficulty with daily chores on the farm and in my life because of it.

    Perhaps I can use this as an opportunity to remember Christ and His sacrifice and as a reminder that I want to live as a glory to Him. This 54 year old temple might be a bit broken down, but if, through His grace, it can be a temple filled with peace, joy, and godly love, then maybe I can reflect, dimly, the beauty of my wonderful Savior!

    • Pam

      Hi Kat, I had this same issue and found no relief for it until someone told me about this which stopped it completely. https://sottopelletherapy.com It might not help you but thought I would share just in case. Praying for you- I also live on a farm!

    • Laurel

      My thoughts and prayers will be with you for healing and peace. Aging is not graceful, as I am learning as well. However, God “knit us together” and will continue to patch us up according to His will and His plan.

    • Julie

      Praying for you Kat :) I pray for healing and peace for you and that you feel His everlasting loving arms holding you and comforting you. You are so loved by Him. Someone above prayed for me to hold on to Jesus through all this and this was reassuring for me. He has this all worked out for us. Blessings to you <3

  • Love verse 11 ” And some of you used to be like this. BUT you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God!”- AMEN!

  • “Acknowledging our aches and limitations is at the heart of what it is to be a child of God.“ This is so hard on a culture of self reliance and instant gratification. Lord may your power be made perfect in my weakness. And may you use my weakness to lead me to you every time.

  • “To glorify God with our bodies is to place physical trust in his plan to bring redemption to our brokenness.” This really spoke to me. I’ve read this scripture a million times and never thought of it like this. I had a miscarriage this past October. Since then I have had a horrible fear that I won’t be able to have a baby. My husband and I have wanted to get pregnant again since then, but it just hasn’t happened. I am trying so hard to hand it over to God, but the fear of not ever being a mother is so strong. I keep pintresting diets, essential oils, all kinds of “get pregnant tricks”. I know I need to trust God more that he has the power to heal the brokenness in my body. I pray today that he will give me this faith and that I will glorify God with my body through trusting him.

    • Lynne

      Lindsey, I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying that God will bless you with a baby in His perfect timing. May you trust in Him completely.

  • Spirit/mind/body. Three distinctly separate yet entwined things – at least on this earthly plane. Wrangling with immoral behavior places us firmly in the physical realm, as our bodies are vessels for our spirits. It seems that our minds work overtime to create and debate arguments about immoral acts/lifestyles. I prefer to leave these words of Paul where they are and turn back to Jesus command to love your neighbor as yourself. No condemnation, no turning away and shunning, just a kind acceptance and an invitation to the table.

  • Heather Ward

    “We are his glory vessels.” Carrying this with me today and meditating on all this affects in my work and home life.

  • Amber Ewing

    “God when you choose to leave mountains unmovable give me the strength to be able to say ‘it is well with my soul.’” This song came to me while getting ready the other day, and we sang “It is Well With my Soul” yesterday at church. God is speaking into my heart through those songs and this devotion that even though I’m anxious about going back to work after a wonderful maternity leave, He has a plan and it’ll all be okay. Thank you, Lord, for your comfort and faithfulness!

  • Kelly Chataine

    God is complete in His plan, love, and Word. Believers in Christ must treat each other differently. We don’t run to social media and blast a brother or sister in Christ. We don’t go to an authority figure, but instead, we go first to one another. If only we would remember God’s instruction so many problems could be avoided or ended when they are small.

    • Christina Dodd

      Kelly- I was totally thinking about the same thing yesterday in church! Social media has made people think it’s okay to criticize and take issue with individuals openly when we haven’t addressed that person individually! I was mad about something a leader said on Sunday and thought about posting about it. What good honestly does that do? I need to write that person a personal note as it would possibly have more impact than just another critical post.

      • Katelyn

        Have you heard of Craftivists? They’re people who create crafts ex letters, bookmarks etc with messages and hand them out to the public and politicians! Many politicians have actually sat down and discussed topics of interest with the groups and this led to change; many of these same politicians said that they wouldn’t have changed their minds if the craftivists would have yelled at them protesting or posted harsh messages on social media. The items handed out to the public are used for educational purposes.

  • Maya Basquin

    “Church is … a community calling us to still hunger and thirst at its table.”

    • Dana

      I loved this quote from Henri Nouwen. We try to run to all these other places to find contentment but it’s found right at the feet of Jesus.

  • Terrisa Stewart

    Thoughts of sexual immorality are definitely one of the harder ones to let go of because they are so tempting and the flesh feels good when doing it. It’s only the Spirit that reflects and reconciled the actions. That is when the shame, hurt, and pain come. I can appreciate these words because although I am doing better than I was in many areas of my life, every day there is a new battle. Some with temptation that are easier to ignore and others where the sin is unbearable. But I believe God has never forsaken me and He will always be near!

  • Churchmouse

    “That was then. This is now.”. I have to remind myself of this sometimes. Memories of who I was and how I acted and thought before I came to know Christ can sink me into a depression if I’m not careful. Sometimes family members and ‘friends’ even today will remind me of my past and I feel the need to apologize… again. Not the best of testimonies. BUT that was then. This is now. Since accepting Christ in 1978, I am no longer that person. I have been washed. I have been sanctified. I have been justified. The old me is just the former me. Satan (and yes some family and friends) would have me believe otherwise but I know whose I am and therfore who I am. There’s still some behaviors and attitudes I’m working on but the real me is this new me. I am bought and paid for. I am a child of God, redeemed by Him. My past doesn’t exist to Him. I am a new creation. And I don’t apologize for that.

    • Amy

      Praise the Lord who alone is faithful in turning our brokenness (and every testimony) into a beautiful story of redemption and grace. May we take hold of the healing that is offered to us through Jesus Christ who saves us from all unrighteousness!

    • Pam White

      Amen!

    • Gina Glennon

      Amen! I know just how you feel and we need to remind ourselves over and over of the truth of NOW…No Condemnation! Hallelujah!

    • PamC

      Yes! Amen

    • Tricia Cavanaugh

      Thank you for this reminder. My past is made up of some not so pretty things, but God…
      I can rest assured in His Grace. And the best way to deal with people who like to remind me of my past is for them to see how I am now. For them to know that God can change even a sinner like me. Praise His Name!

  • As I was reading the passage today, I was struggling to see how it was relevant to my life right now as I’m not dealing with that particular issue, but the devotion part did. I have a lot of health related anxiety and often feel like my body is a junk car ready to fall apart with a strong wind even though this isn’t really true. I pray that I would be constantly reminded that aches and pains are just part of being human and that God has got this.

    • Jennifer

      Thank you Kate for sharing that! I relate to your type of pain oh so much. All of us have pain, in some way, shape or form. I, too, have “ mental health” anxiety “ disorder”. I put this in quote, in quotes not because I don’t know that it is all too real and can reek havoc on our physical bodies , most times with no warning or conscious awareness that our mind is full of anxiety, but more so it’s the subconscious mind. I put quote in quotes because I choose daily stand on God’s truth and Paul’s words. “ But I will not be mastered by anything”. That my identity in Christ will not be defined solely by a doctor’s diagnosis alone. “ My body is a part of Christ’s body, anyone joined to the Lord is one spirit with him”. “ But we were washed , sanctified, justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Thank you Lord!! Bc of my anxiety that was out of control from an ongoing traumatic experience with marriage, divorce and constant high conflict custody cases brought on from someone who is so equivalent to the “ Brother” who will not listen or pay attention to wisdom” and who is the “ verbally abusive” , lead me to alcoholism spiraling out of control: “ Drunkards” But…. bc I finally shut my pride down, and surrendered in the faith that God truly does restore us in our weakest moments. Praise God!! Paul also says to avoid legal disputes. The whole first part of Chapter 6 was talking similar to my life right now. I can relate to his questions: “ Do you appoint as your judges those who have no standing in the church? Can it not be ONE wise person who is able to arbitrate? How dare you take legal disputes to court for an unbeliever to decide? Trivial cases… legal disputes is already a defeat for you, why not just rather be wronged? The devotional was so empowering: “ We try to still our hunger and thirst” but we must remember that we fill it up with Jesus and heavenly things. “Acknowledging our aches and limitations is at the heart of what it means to be a child of God”! God, I pray that I glorify you with my body , placing physical trust in your plan to bring redemption to my brokenness, and to remember you will bring promises to wholeness and healing now, even when Indont know when it’s coming. Thank you Lord for showing me that you are the Most High Judge, that taking part in my groans of humanity and pain fullness of sins, trials and acknowledgment of weakness is when you show me just how amazing you are! Thank you for showing me how to treat the one person who “ will not listen “ to your word , who is “ the mocker of anyone who teaches your wisdom “, amd showing me that I should not try to teach him or reconcile, for it will bring hate and abuse upon me, so let you take care of him” ( Proverbs” and thank you for giving me peace during the storm, through the ongoing legal disputes and trivial trials with judges who are of the world , bc you tell me in your word that your children ( my children who are gifts from him) are already the most important ones in the kindgdom of Heaven, and that they are already protected against the opposition and the foes. Thank you for showing me to stand firm in your truth, who I am in Christ, and only look to you to win the war, all for and because of your Glory!!! Mountains that are not moving right now doesn’t mean you aren’t holding me with your righteous right hand, slowly transforming me by the renewing of my mind , bringing me to glory to glory while I walk through the valleys and true justice will come from you, whether on earth or at the day of judgment!! Either way, I have contentment at the feet of Jesus and as someone else said, “It is well with my soul” and as in the story of Daniel: and if not, you God are still God and I am privileged to be your servant, and I will praise you forevermore!!

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